Error Baseball Cards
We love a good baseball error card… not only are they out of the ordinary from the standard card but there usually worth much more $$$ which is always a good thing.
A great error card combines an unusual feature (a bad word on the butt of the bat) with extreme rarity (the less of the error cards produced the more valuable it will be).
Here are some of the best baseball error cards from an investment viewpoint.
Baseball Error Cards List
1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name On Front Error Card #414 (buy on eBay)
One of the most popular and most expensive of all error cards.
The 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF Error Card shows Frank the Tank on one knee with his name missing from the front of the card.
A high-grade Thomas NNOF card will cost you well into the 4 digits (maybe 5 if BGS 9.5 or PSA 10).
1987 Donruss Opening Day Barry Bonds Error Card #163 (buy on eBay)
Barry Bonds must have been insulted when Donruss displayed a photo of Bonds’ teammate, second baseman Johnny Ray in this error card.
A high grade will go for $1,000 give or take a few hundred.
1989 Fleer Bill Ripken FF Error Rookie Card #161 (buy on eBay)
Another classic baseball error card from the ’80s.
The Bill Ripken FF Error Card is a legend among kids who came to age in the ’80s and ’90s as they were always wondering what the black/white scribble version of the error was hiding!
This card in Mint condition will cost around $1,000.
1957 Topps Hank Aaron Reverse Image Error #20 (buy on eBay)
Topps reversed the image on the photo negative of Hank Aaron, showing Hammerin’ Hank as a left-handed batter.
The card is not found often but is worth a bid when it shows up on eBay or Heritage Auctions.
2009 Derek Jeter Topps Heritage Rare Error Red Sox Logo #83 (buy on eBay)
WOW! Talk about one of the craziest errors in all of the baseball cards.
The 2009 Derek Jeter Topps Heritage Red Sox Logo Error Card makes New York Yankee fan’s blood pressure boil… how dare they even print an error card with Jeter associated with the Red Sox!
This is a must for Red Sox fans who love trolling Yankee FANBOYS.
1990 Ken Griffey Jr. Topps Misprint Error Card #336 (buy on eBay)
This Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card can come with a variety of errors.
The card is quite common on eBay and can be bought at a somewhat reasonable price.
2017 Topps Heritage Ronald Acuna Jr. Auto No First Name Error (buy on eBay)
A super-rare Acuna rare card that should be avoided by the average joe collector unless they have extremely deep pockets.
This card in PSA GEM MINT/MINT condition will cost in the 4 digits.
2011 Mike Trout Topps Update Missing FOIL Error #US175 (buy on eBay)
This Mike Trout rookie card is already highly sought after on its own. When you add a missing Topps Logo (should be in the top right-hand corner) the card value increases but by not as much as you might expect.
The error version will only slightly increase the value of the card.
2019 Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Rc Yellow Line Error Card #517 (buy on eBay)
Tatis Jr. is the hot prospect that everyone is expecting big things from in 2020.
This error card simply has a yellow line between his name and his position.
A PSA 10 graded Tatis Jr. Yellow Line Error Card sold for $172 in early March of 2020.
Baseball Error Cards Value
The exact amount of any given error card is based on a variety of factors such as condition and numbers of the card.
A PSA 10 Frank Thomas No Name will be worth much more than a Billy Ripken Black Box Raw Card.
If you would like a price estimate of any error card in your collection please email pictures (back and front) to email@example.com.
Baseball error cards will always have a high ROI when compared to normal cards due to the rarity of the card.
Like we said we love a good error card and are always on the lookout to add some to our investment portfolio.
Did we leave any error baseball cards off this list? What are some other error cards from other sports? Comment below!